About

We are a small team that is focused on what we have set out to do. We Showcase Mumbai’s Art Deco, Advocate its Conservation, Chronicle its History and Photo Document its Deco neighbourhoods.We bring a high level of integrity and commitment to quality in this initiative. We have created a repository of information that will give you an appreciation of Mumbai’s Art Deco and for the researcher, academic, historian and others we offer a platform that captures Mumbai’s Art Deco in some depth.

Atul Kumar

Founder Trustee

Atul has worked actively on civic issues, particularly pertaining to the protection of open spaces, heritage conservation of south Mumbai’s Art Deco precinct, and its nomination to UNESCO as a World Heritage site. He is passionate about conservation and good governance. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS). He has lectured and presented at the Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY), INTACH Greater Mumbai Chapter, Tourist Guide Association (TOGA), Mumbai, Malaysian Heritage Society, Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, and others.

Shirin Bharucha

Trustee

Shirin retired as Legal Advisor to TATA companies in 2001. She is a Trustee on several Trusts spanning arts, culture, music, education, preservation of open spaces and social welfare including the CSMVS (Prince of Wales Museum), National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), UDRI, OVAL Trust, Art Deco Mumbai Trust and others.

Prof. Mustansir Dalvi

Trustee

Mustansir is Professor of Architecture at Sir JJ College of Architecture. His PhD from the IIT-Bombay (IDC), examined Bombay's Art Deco Architecture from a semiotic perspective. He has also lectured, read and published several papers on architectural education, architectural history and heritage, urban transformation and architectural semiotics. He has delivered public lectures at the Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi and the Asiatic Society in Mumbai. He is the editor of '20th Century Compulsions' (Marg), a collection of writings about early Indian modernist architecture. His research is widely published including 'Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre' (UDRI) & 'Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern' (Marg).

Sujata P Kumar

Trustee

Sujata is a successful businesswoman, Director on several public companies and committed to social causes particularly in healthcare and education. She is a Trustee of Kasturba Health Society, Wardha and Parekh Foundation

Vishaka Bhat

Head, Documentation & Digital Assets

Vishaka is an architect deeply invested in documenting Mumbai’s Art Deco heritage while promoting awareness and appreciation for its historical significance. After graduation, she worked on commercial building projects at an architectural firm. She enjoys writing, travelling and exploring relationships between society, culture and the built environment. You can spot her with her camera capturing buildings as she helps build the Photo documentation initiative poring over pictures, evaluating structures and creating documentation panels.

Suhasini Krishnan

Head, Outreach & Content

Suhasini is a writer, editor and creative producer with a background in Film Studies and History. Her research interest in Mumbai is guided by the city's dynamism, which lent itself to a thriving film industry, visibly modern urban forms, and livelihoods of all kinds. A journalist by qualification, she does a bit of everything at Art Deco Mumbai - oral histories, programming, writing, editing and video production. When not at work, she stays up to date on pop culture, buys seasonal flowers, and hopes to one day have a "Read" pile of books taller than her "To-Be-Read" pile.

Pranjali Mathure

Associate - Projects

Pranjali is an architect and researcher by profession, a photographer and graphic designer by passion. She is always on the lookout for details and calls herself a "parallel line addict". Having pursued a Masters in Architectural History and Theory, from CEPT, Ahmedabad, combined with her love for the camera, she has developed an attachment with the city and the stories its built environment narrates. At Art Deco Mumbai, she reads, writes and designs for social media and outreach platforms. She hopes to make history interesting and accessible to a non-academic audience.

Theertha Gangadharan

Research Associate

Theertha is a researcher with a background in History. She has a keen interest in Modern Indian history and Mumbai’s urban history. Her main interest lies in researching and recording the links between the city’s tangible and intangible heritage, and improving information accessibility in the digital age. A self-proclaimed flâneuse, she also enjoys all things vintage and pop from the 1990s and 2000s.